Most days artist Sue Tilley can be found happily cutting, grinding and welding in her purpose-made 'she shed' built on a Heritage-listed site, which incorporates a Colonial-era military drill hall.
With the help of Garage World project manager Nathan Clarke, Sue designed the shed and garage so they look like traditional timber-framed weatherboard sheds, but have the strength of steel and the benefit of being low-maintenance.
Sue's six by six-metre shed serves as her workshop, while the original drill hall is now an art gallery, office and home. The matching nine by seven-metre shed houses the cars, and her husband's and son's big boys' toys. "In my shed, the whole side wall opens to a verandah so I can get maximum fresh air and work out there in the shade too," says Sue, who is currently creating a 'Blue Wanderer' Butterfly made from vintage metal and old musical instruments for Strand Ephemera (opens this month). "I love having the space to create and, now I'm not working in the garage, the cars stay so much cleaner without the welding fumes and grinder dust settling on them!"
"A feature window at the front is what sets Heather's shed apart," says Garage World project manager Nathan Clarke. "Heather also needed it to be suitable for her as she ages, which required careful planning."
Nathan agrees that many people underestimate the humble shed. "They're a very cost-effective option for extending your family living area, or creating an exciting business work space, without having to renovate or rent a shop front."
Only four metres from the house, Fiona says her shed is "a much better use of the space in our yard" and the perfect place to enjoy sculpting in peace. "I used to work under my house, which was a much darker and smaller space," Fiona says. "It's great to have a quiet space to shut the world out and be able to work creatively."
Garage World project manager Nathan Clarke says Fiona's shed is a unique design that incorporates three purposes in one (art studio, awning and carport) without looking like a 'blokey' shed.
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